The Editors place great emphasis on a clear written style expressing a well-structured presentation of ideas.

Preparation of manuscripts

Papers should be in English, double spaced and single sided on 8.5" x 11" or A4 paper with generous margins (at least 1" / 2.5cm). Emphasize any special points in a covering letter from the submitting author (see also Copyright).

Every manuscript submitted should be clearly labelled as being either:

  • A research article
  • A review
  • A debate
  • A teaching case

The total number of pages should be listed.

Structure papers as follows: (a) Title plus abstract (omitting author details); (c) Keywords; (d) Text; (e) References; (f) Figure and table legends; (g) Figures and (h) Tables.

Title plus abstract

Include, on a separate page, no more than 250 words that adequately describe the work and highlight its significance. The abstract should include only text. Avoid the use of abbreviations and references.
For the purposes of blind review, the title page with author details is stripped out by the Editorial Office, so this page is the first to be seen by reviewers.


Include up to six keywords that describe your paper for indexing and for web searches. The more discriminating your keywords, the greater the likelihood that your article will be found and cited.


Main headings should be typed in capitals, subheadings in lower case. Both types of heading should be underlined. Footnotes should be avoided.
Equations should be typewritten and with the number placed in parentheses at the right margin. Reference to the equation should use the form 'Eq. (3)' or '(3)'.
Supply computer program material as originals on separate pages. It will, wherever possible, be reproduced photographically to avoid errors. Palgrave house style is to set programs and program words in running text, 10 pt Courier New.


Avoid exhaustive lists of references. Indicate references in the text by the author's surname and date of publication in brackets and list the full reference in alphabetical order of author surname at the end of the paper. Double space references on a separate page. Cite all authors and write journal titles out in full. Online citations must include date of access. If absolutely necessary unpublished or personal work may be cited in the text but not listed in the references. Style and punctuation must be in accordance with the following examples:

Journal article

Keen, P. (1980) Decision Support Systems: Translating analytic techniques into useful tools, Sloan Management Review 21(3): 33-44.

Online article

Tsatsou, P., Elaluf-Calderwood, S. and Liebenau, J. (2009) Towards a taxonomy for regulatory issues in a digital business ecosystem in the EU, Journal of Information Technology advance online publication 15 December, doi: 10.1057/jit.2009.22.

Chapter in an edited book

Marti, J. and Zeilinger, A. (1985) New Technology in Banking and Shopping, in T. Forester, (ed.) The Information Technology Revolution, Oxford: Basil Blackwell, pp.350-358.


Zuboff, S. (1988) In the Age of the Smart Machine, London: Heinemann.

Conference proceedings

Shneiderman, B. (1996) The Eyes Have It: A task by data type taxonomy of information visualizations, in IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages (Las Alamos, USA, 1996); Chicago: IEEE Computer Society Press. 336-343.


Kruskal, JB, Young, FW, Seery, JB. How to use KYST, A very flexible program to do multidimensional scaling and unfolding [WWW document] (accessed 13th January 2002).